Munich speech of Vladimir Putin
Putin used the speech to express significant points of the future direction of politics as it would be directed in Russia by himself. In subsequent years it received descriptions in the Russian press such as "iconic" and "prophetic". A full transcript of the speech is available at Wikisource.
Putin criticized what he called the United States' monopolistic dominance in global relations, and its "almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations". The speech came to be known, especially in Russia, as the Munich Speech. He said the result of was that,
In response, former NATO secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called it, "disappointing and not helpful." The months following the Munich Speech were marked by tension and a surge in rhetoric on both sides of the Atlantic, though both Russian and American officials, however, denied the idea of a new Cold War.
Putin publicly opposed plans for the U.S. missile shield in Europe, and presented President George W. Bush with a counter proposal on 7 June 2007 which was declined. Russia suspended its participation in the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe on 11 December 2007.
Putin later made other speeches that were called follow-ups to the Munich Speech. These include:
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- 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy. Putin's speech in English Archived 2012-03-09 at the Wayback Machine, 10 February 2007.
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- "Munich Conference on Security Policy, As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, 11 February 2007". Defenselink.mil. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Press Conference following the end of the G8 Summit". Kremlin.ru. Archived from the original on 4 May 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- "Russia walks away from CFE arms treaty". fijilive.com. 12 December 2007. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.